James King

James King


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From a young age I have always been fascinated as to how small molecular interactions build up to produce amazing biological systems. This ultimately inspired me to study BSc Pharmacology & Physiology at Medway School of Pharmacy where I developed a key understanding of how pharmaceuticals can interfere with biological processes to provide therapeutic benefit. In my final year, I conducted a dissertation focussing on the therapeutic monoclonal antibody market where I identified this 'game changer' of a research field known as immunology. From here I was motivated to better understand the immunology field and undertook a MSc in Immunology & Immunotherapy at University of Birmingham. During this time I appreciated the great potential modulating the immune system could have for future therapies. My MSc dissertation consisted on studying the development of natural killer T cells (NKT) and the potentially important processes they require to diversify. Carrying on my study of lymphocytes, I succesfully secured a PhD placement honing in on another innate lymphocyte known as innate lymphoid cells (ILC) and their relationship with bacteria at mucosal surfaces at the University of Manchester in Matt Hepworth's Lab

Research interests

Pharmacological elements within Immunology studies.

Microbiota influences on the Immune system as well as influences of immune cells on microbiota (Mucosal Immunology and barrier immunity).

How the break down in microbial/immune cross-talk can lead to immunopathology. 



BSc Pharmacology & Physiology First class with honours. Awarded from Medway School of Pharmacy.

MSc Immunology & Immunotherapy Distinction. Awarded from University of Birmingham.

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Science, Immunology & Immunotherapy, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 28 Sept 2019

Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology & Physiology , Medway School of Pharmacy

Award Date: 12 Jun 2018


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